Melissa Harrison has only had the one winner on her home track since moving her training base to Kembla Grange a couple of years ago from Mydream, which returns to racing on Saturday.
She is just glad to see her back at the races after injury but is hopeful Everly Girl could join her stablemate by breaking through in the Clifton Maiden Plate on Saturday.
“She has been racing well and I think we have found a good race for her,” Harrison said. “It is never easy to win at Kembla but I think she is suited at the 1500m.”
Everly Girl was placed at the Sapphire Coast before being game when fifth at Wagga from a wide draw last time. She has drawn well in a small field on Saturday, which might be key: “I think she should get a soft run and she has been working well,” Harrison said.
Harrison actually trains off a property at Albion Park and only does main gallops at Kembla and has nursed Mydream back to the races.
She had a float accident and missed almost a year, but at her best won twice at Warwick Farm on soft and heavy going, beating the likes of Wings, Abbasso and Sensualism.
Mydream also has a victory over King’s Officer on the heavy at Kembla. All those wins have come around the mile trip, rather than the 1000m of Saturday’s Otford benchmark 65 Handicap.
“She is a good horse but we are just happy to have her back at the races and want to see her have a good experience,” Harrison said. “If she could get back to her form of a couple of years ago, she is definitely up to city class.
“it is probably a bit short for her on Saturday but you have to start somewhere.”